Guys/Gals, Don't want to start a war here, but as someone who's about to step into the digital interconnect age, I just want to ensure I'm getting the most from what I've got. Firstly, I'll be hooking up from: Pioneer PD6500 (CD Player, mediocre at best , TOSLink available) Pioneer PDS601 (Stable platter CDP, nice unit , TOSLink available) Wintel DVD 2010S (Average mechanism, Coax+TOSLink available) Hooking into: Onkyo TX-SR702 - it has 192KHz/24-bit DAC's on all channels and is no doubt better than the DAC's in the components above. My question is: Wouldn't a direct digital connection from these CD/DVD transports to the amp provide a 'better' end result than introducing RCA-RCA connections and yet ANOTHER DA -> AD conversion process? After all, if a bit stream is read from a CD/DVD and then sent straight out an optical connector (so a read 1 is still a 1) then surely, the difference is in the DA process moreso than the cabling. I work in IT and we use fibre for networking and when you see 10Gb links working for months with no errors or packet loss, it makes fibre a compelling option. Regards, Craig P Melbourne, Australia.